The Chicago Auto Show may not be one of the major venues for debuts, but the 2015 show certainly is shaping up to be pretty exciting. Debuting in the Windy City is the 2016 Acura RDX, the revised 2016 Equinox and this MX-5 Accessories Design Concept. No, this isn’t some wild and crazy concept with a zillion horsepower and a billion pound-feet of torque. Instead, this concept highlights some of the accessories that Mazda may offer for the 2016 MX-5.

While this concept doesn’t carry any insane body kits or wild tuner components, it does show of just how good the 2016 MX-5 can look with a little work. I just wonder if a concept with so few changes was really worth teasing.

Updated 02/12/2015: Mazda unveiled the MX-5 Accessories Design Concept at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show and confirmed the base MX-5 will go on sale this summer. As previously rumored, the MX-5 will deliver 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Full details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Accessories Design Concept.

  • 2016 Mazda MX-5 Accessories Design Concept
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    Six-Speed Manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    155
  • Torque @ RPM:
    148
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    35000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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To help the body kit and wheels stand out even more so, Mazda coated the MX-5 in a hue called Ceramic Metallic.

The MX-5 Accessories Concept is here, and it shows off a few extra bits and pieces that you may (or may not) be able to add to the 2016 MX-5. The most obvious of changes are the 17-inch black BBS wheels wrapped up in 205/45R17 rubber. Peeking out from behind these wheels are red Brembo calipers.

There’s also a gloss-black aero kit that includes a front air dam, side sill extensions, a rear bumper skirt, and a trunk-lid spoiler. If this aero kit seems oddly familiar, it should; it was debuted with the 2016 MX-5 Global Cup Car that Mazda showed off at SEMA.

To help the body kit and wheels stand out even more so, Mazda coated the MX-5 in a hue called Ceramic Metallic. This color is essentially a deep white that looks to have a slight tinge of grey mixed in, and it look stunning. I hope Mazda offers this as an available color on the production model.

Interior

The interior, unfortunately, is all standard ware. I am shocked that Mazda decided not to add any accents to spice things up a bit. Maybe these will come at a later date.

Drivetrain

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How exactly can you justify selling the Miata with less torque and the same horsepower as your base-level Mazda3?

This is where the big news comes in. No, Mazda didn’t add any updates to the Skyactive 2.0-liter engine; instead, the automaker has finally confirmed that the U.S.-spec MX-5 will have 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. I must say that I am quite disappointed with this announcement, as that puts the MX-5 at the exact same horsepower as the CX-5 and Mazda3, and down 2 pound-feet from those same two cars. How exactly can you justify selling the Miata with less torque and the same horsepower as your base-level Mazda3? That baffles the brain. And, what ever happened to Mazda claiming to tune this engine specifically for the Miata? Guess that meant reducing its torque…

I can ramble on for hours about this, but I won’t bore you with my anger. At least Mazda claims to have reduced the weight by 150 pounds, mostly from shaving about 4 inches from its length. At least it still comes with a standard six-speed manual.

Competition

Mercedes-Benz SLK250

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Competition for the Miata is pretty much nil, as to get into another two-seat roadster of this quality requires venturing into premium brands. Enter in the SLK250, a $43,950 roadster with a huge horsepower advantage, at 201. This 1.8-liter turbo engine gets the small luxury roadster to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, which is right about where most experts expect the MX-5 to fall.

In terms of luxury, the SLK is in a completely different segment than the Mazda, but at least it has just a pair of seats and "unlimited" headroom.

Mini Cooper Roadster

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Another stretch as a competitor is the Mini Roadster. Like the SLK, it hits the roadster qualification squarely, but unlike the SLK it also has a base price nearer the MX-5. However, the disqualifier is the fact that the Mini is front-wheel drive instead being rear-driven, but it’s about as close as we’re going to get to a fair fight.

Under the hood, the Mini Cooper Roadster has a trio of engine options, starting with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that lays down 121 horses and 118 pound-feet of twist. The base model is not exhilarating to drive, thanks to a nearly nine-second 0-to-60 time. Moving into the S trim turns the wick way up to 181 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque from a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine. This drops the sprint time down to 6.7 seconds. One step up is the John Cooper Works model, which gets the same turbo 1.6-liter, but with the power cranked to 208 horses and 192 pound-feet. This added power gets the little hatch to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.

The base Cooper Roadster is in the range of the Miata at $26,100, but the $29,100 Cooper S Roadster and the $35,350 John Cooper Works Roadster are a little high to run with the Mazda.

Conclusion

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While I like the subtle additions to the body, was the whole teasing thing really all that necessary for a few aero pieces, a set of brakes, and BBS wheels? Then to toss onto that the confirmation of lackluster power numbers just makes my guts churn. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if a Mazdaspeed model may be in the works.

  • Leave it
    • Why the teaser for an accessories concept?
    • Still holding out on the power output
    • That’s it... really?

Press Release

Announced in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show, the first-generation MX-5 Miata drove onto the world stage with the promise of reviving the roadster: a fun-to-drive, lightweight, open-roof sports car for those who loved cars and loved to drive. With more than 949,000 MX-5s sold over the last 26 years, and scoring hundreds of awards around the world, it is safe to say that Mazda’s goal of creating a vehicle tailored for pure driving pleasure has been a success.

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This year at the Chicago Auto Show, Mazda will reveal a 2016 MX-5 accessories design concept of the company’s iconic roadster, which will preview what may be in store for those looking to personalize their cars. Also being shown for the first time will be MX-5 merchandise design concepts from Mazda’s upcoming Heritage Collection — three apparel collections inspired by key themes of Mazda’s past, present and future.

Mazda will be located at booth #SH10 at the Chicago Auto Show taking place inside the McCormick Place convention center. In addition to unveiling the 2016 MX-5 accessories concept and Heritage Collection apparel concepts, Mazda will be hosting a number of activities throughout the show. Attendees will be treated to live ESPN Radio broadcasts with "Carmen and Jurko" and "Waddle and Silvy"; free autograph signings with NHL legend Jeremy Roenick, former Chicago Bulls star Stacey King and former "Rookie of the Year" and All-Star Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood; and ride and drives in the latest Mazda vehicles will be held outside of the convention center. The ESPN 1000 live radio broadcasts and autograph signings will occur during the following days and times, which are subject to change:

Saturday, February 14 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. CT: Jeremy Roenick, former Chicago Blackhawk, autograph signing
Sunday, February 15 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CT: Stacey King, former Chicago Bulls center, autograph signing
Monday, February 16, Wednesday, February 18 and Friday, February 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT: Live broadcast with ESPN Chicago "Carmen and Jurko"
Tuesday, February 17 and Thursday, February 19 from 2 – 6 p.m. CT: Live broadcast with ESPN Chicago "Waddle and Silvy"
Saturday, February 21 from 12 – 2 p.m. CT: Kerry Wood, former Chicago Cubs pitcher, autograph signing

Mazda’s ride and drive is open to consumers on Saturday, February 14 through Sunday, February 22 starting from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT (Saturday, February 14 ends at 5 p.m. CT). The ride and drive starts outside of the North Hall adjacent to Gate 21 in the bus and taxi loading area. Consumers can register at the Mazda Booth or at the Mazda stand in the lobby of the auto show. Available vehicles will include the 2015 Mazda3 and Mazda CX-9 along with the refreshed 2016 Mazda6 and Mazda CX-5.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.

Press Release - February 12, 2015

The only thing better than the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is a personalized 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Today at the Chicago Auto Show, where the first-generation MX-5 Miata was introduced to the world in 1989, Mazda revealed an MX-5 accessories design concept of the next-generation roadster that will hit showrooms this summer.

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"There is so much MX-5 history at the Chicago Auto Show, and we wanted to continue building on that," said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. "The MX-5 is the soul of our company, and its enthusiast following both inside and outside of Mazda drives us to keep innovating new ideas for it and the rest of our lineup."

Painted Ceramic Metallic, the 2016 MX-5 accessories concept will be on display from Thursday, February 12 through Sunday, February 22 and includes an Aero Kit, BBS Wheels and Brembo Brakes as well as a Luggage Rack shown separately in Mazda’s display. MX-5 concept accessories include:

Aero Kit (Front Air Dam, Side Sill Extensions, Rear Bumper Skirt and Rear Lip Spoiler): The gloss-black Aero Kit is the same package found on the 2016 MX-5 Global Cup Car that debuted at SEMA in November.
Brembo Brakes: Lightweight Brembo front brakes adorn the MX-5 as well as red brake calipers behind all four wheels.
BBS Wheels: The forged black BBS wheels are sized 17x7J 45mm offset, wrapped in 205/45R17 tires.
Luggage Rack: The stylish luggage rack is made of carbon fiber and weighs less than two pounds. The luggage rack mounts to the trunk and includes an integrated Center High Mount Stop Lamp (CHMSL).

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The 2016 MX-5 has evolved to meet the needs of today’s customers, yet it retains the pure fun-to-drive nature of its predecessors, whether cruising on the highway or the racetrack. With the new roadster, Mazda’s engineers sought to capture the essence of the beloved first-generation MX-5 Miata, reducing overall length of the 2016 model by 4.1 inches to make it about the same size of the original. Engineers also reduced the MX-5’s weight by about 150 pounds versus the outgoing car, lightening and strengthening even the smallest parts.

Power for U.S.-bound MX-5s comes from Mazda’s 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G inline four-cylinder engine, producing 155 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. Both SKYACTIV-MT and SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmissions will be available.

"For our next-generation MX-5, our designers and engineers obsessively focused on heightening the joy that comes with driving our signature sports car," said O’Sullivan. "The concept parts and accessories we have showcased at the Chicago Auto Show were developed to give customers a look at what is possible for the new cars to make them truly one-of-a-kind, adding to that excitement."

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